Here is some promising news in the fight against COVID 19. Spanish researchers are reporting that hospitalized COVID 19 patients with low levels of zinc in their blood stream, seem to do worse than those with healthier levels of the minerals.
“Lower zinc levels at admission correlate with higher inflammation in the course of infection and poorer outcome,” said a team led by Dr. Roberto Guerri-Fernandez of the Hospital Del Mar in Barcelona.
“It has long been thought that zinc bolsters the immune system,” said pulmonologist Dr. Len Horovitz, of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “A possible explanation in this study is that zinc may have an anti-inflammatory effect that is protective.”
What the researchers found is that those who died of COVID 19 (about 8% of patients) zinc in the blood stream at an average of 43 mcg/dL, where as the group that recovered had an average of 63 mcg/dL.
This is huge news, especially for those folks already consuming zinc as an immunity booster.
More studies need to be completed as this was a small study and it was unable to tie case and effect. Nonetheless, this news is promising and hopeful.
The research was presented September 22nd as part of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCMID) Conference on Coronavirus Disease. The research is being peer reviewed and is expected to be published soon.